Russ is recognised as one of the UK’s leading experts in family business and has been working with families in business for 15 years. His passion for the work has seen him move from a career in financial planning and wealth management into his role with The Family Business Consultancy.
He holds the Advanced Certificate in Family Business Advising, awarded by the Family Firms Institute and recognised globally as one of the leading qualifications for those providing advice to family owned businesses.
Russ’ career began in financial planning and in particular specialising in helping family business owners become financially and emotionally independent of their businesses. This led to him writing a book that explores not just the financial and technical aspects of family business transitions but also the emotional impact of these transitions. Ultimately this became the catalyst for him to realise that his passion and calling is in providing consultancy services to family owned businesses, helping them to navigate the complexities that come from being in business together.
As well as providing dedicated consultancy support to families in business, Russ also trains and teaches in the field of family business and is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences. He is also the host of The Family Business Podcast, one of the worlds’ leading resources for families in business.
The podcast has a global audience and is supported by The Institute for Family Business.
This has allowed Russ to interview the worlds’ leading experts in the field of family business and use the active listening skills and natural empathy that have helped him to gain his own reputation within the field.
Russ has undertaken extensive training in complementary disciplines such as Life Planning and Coaching and has a keen interest in psychology, organisational development and human behaviour.
Russ is also the Co-Director of the Land of Giants research project which is giving a voice to ‘rising gen’ family members from families of significant achievement and / or wealth. The project is seeking to understand the impact on individuals of growing up in a world where they are surrounded by significance. It explores how rising gen can find their own significance and purpose in life, be that within or outside of the family business.
The project has gained recognition across the globe and is being supported by The University of Adelaide.